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The Problem of Survival for the Angevin “Empire”: Henry II’s and His Sons’ Vision Versus Late 12 th Century Realities. Ralph V. Turner.

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1 The Problem of Survival for the Angevin “Empire”: Henry II’s and His Sons’ Vision Versus Late 12 th Century Realities. Ralph V. Turner

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4 Author’s Thesis  Henry II and his sons lacked the vision to create a true territorial empire versus a collection of disparate territories.

5 Supporting Arguments  Angevin Empire lacked a central core.  Within Empire the king’s power was variable.  The concept of a modern empire was an anachronism in the 12 th and 13 th centuries.  Henry II’s succession plans (“Parage”) prove that he never meant the empire to be unified or centrally controlled.  As vassals of Phillip II, Henry’s heirs never had ability to unify territories into an empire.

6 Critique of Ralph V. Turner  Lack of vision or lack of opportunity.  Richard’s refusal to take an oath of fealty to Henry the Young King.  Henry II’s belated backing of John’s inheritance.  Underestimates Role of Eleanor of Aquitaine.  Turner notes two historians point of view of possible “sea-borne empire.”

7 Turner Quotes  “Richard the Lionheart and his brother King John, both concentrated their energies and resources on preserving this nameless empire…”  “Not only Henry II but the entire Plantagenet line believed that the Angevin ‘empire’ was worth preserving as a family enterprise possessing some measure of political cohesion.”

8 Course Relevance  Establishing original intent.  Distinguishing reality of ends from possible means.  Conflicting roles of authority yield resistance.  Emergence of cultures under unifying literature and myths leads to cultural clashes.

9 And Now…..  “Rare Archival Footage” (Dr. Perron)


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